Alfred J. Di Norscia Sr. of Kennett Square

Alfred J. Di Norscia Sr., “Al,” 95, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Friday, July 15, at Chester County Hospital. He married the love of his life, Margaret Di Filippo Di Norscia, with whom he shared 72 years of marriage. Margaret died on Feb. 6, 2021

Alfred J. Di Norscia Sr.

Born in Kennett Square, he was the son of the late Joseph Anthony Sr. and Mary Gale Di Norscia. As the last member of his family, Al is predeceased by his sister Anina, and brothers Anthony, Guy, and Joseph Jr.

After graduating from Kennett High School, Al attended Drexel University. He entered the Army Air Corp as a B 29 mechanic and was quickly promoted to sergeant in charge of 110 men of the 8th Photo Technical Squadron, attached to the 40th Bomb Wing stationed in Erlangen, Germany. Their assignment was to pinpoint and photograph enemy aircraft on the ground to be destroyed. Alfred was one of the last WWII veteran members of American Legion Post 491 in Kennett Square.

Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he began his career with Lukens Steel where he was responsible for the fabrication material division. He then worked for many government contractors including Thiokol Chemical Company, Container Research and All-American Engineering, an Aeronautical Engineering Company.

He became a real estate agent in 1976 but was pursued by All American Engineering again in 1981, to return to work on a military project. In post-retirement, he worked for Country Fresh Mushroom Co.

Al was a long-time, faithful member of St. Patrick Church in Kennett Square and for more than 40 years, he attended the Men of Malvern Retreat. Al was also a member of the Optimist Club, the very first Kennett Symphony, and the Beachcomber Band, in which he played the saxophone. He umpired baseball for the local Teener’s, Babe Ruth, and American Legion leagues and coached the local football team, The Choppers. He was an avid fisherman and golfer and even played nine holes of golf the week of his passing.

He will be remembered by his family as a hardworking and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Alfred is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Peppernick (Thomas) and Madelyn Behrends, and a son, Alfred J. Di Norscia, Jr., all of Kennett Square; eight grandchildren, Kristen Jellison (Darin), Stephanie Arriviello (Chris), Michael Odorisio (Rachael), Erica Spiekermann (Kyle), A.J. Di Norscia III (Martina), Anna Behrends (Marcus), Darren Di Norscia, and Jacqulyn Di Norscia-Murphy; and 10 great-grandchildren, Noah, Kate, Nicholas, Christopher, Marilyn, Mariana, Mila, Eli, Mila Grace, and Luca.

You are invited to Alfred’s viewing and visitation from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Church of the Advent Chapel, 401 S. Union St. Kennett Square. His funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 25 at St. Patrick Catholic Church 212 Meredith St. Kennett Square. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Contributions in Al’s memory may be made for the prevention of Macular Degeneration to or the American Heart Association  Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100). To view Alfred's online obituary, please visit

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